Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Private Eye: Happy 50th Birthday!

The special 50th anniversary issue of Private Eye is - as they say - in your newsagent's now!
It's my favourite magazine, and always a highlight of my fortnight.
Ian Hislop took over as editor in 1986 - one of his greatest achievements remains unsung;
Steering Private Eye away from the public schoolboy sniggering homophobia that often infected it when Richard Ingrams was editor.
Thank you Mr Hislop, as ever, you done a very good job.
And many happy returns, my Eye - don't look back.

• You can revisit some of Private Eye's worst excesses - eg the cartoon strip The Gays (!) - at this great blog Streetlaughter - A Gay Cavalcade Of Comic Stereotypes.

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